tire tips for holiday travel

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TIRE TIPS FOR HOLIDAY TRAVEL

If you’re heading out on the road this holiday season with your GMC, it’s extremely important to take a quick look at your vehicle’s tires – both tire condition and tire pressures play an important role in your journey.

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The holiday season is nearly upon us – that likely means you’re already planning traveling to family gatherings, catching up with old friends. Also, in many places, that likely means cooler temperatures outside.

That combination means it’s more important than ever this time of year to take a good, hard look at your tire pressures and your vehicle’s tires themselves – ensuring your tires are aired up properly and in good condition is imperative to ensuring you can reach your destinations safely and securely.

TIRE HEALTH
Tires can be a commonly overlooked component of your vehicle. The condition of your GMC’s tires is crucial during any time of the year but is especially important when traveling long distances during the holiday season and during more inclement months.

The Certified Service experts at your GMC dealer are factory-trained by GM to diagnose your GMC properly. They are able to diagnose complex repair situations using advanced tools that provide information to help give an accurate diagnosis.

This is just one of the many ways Certified Service experts help you keep your GMC in nothing less than Professional Grade condition.

TIRE PRESSURE
Why is this even more important to verify tire pressures this time of year? Generally speaking, fall and winter bring colder temperatures outdoors. When temperatures drop, so too does a tire’s air pressure. In fact, for every 10 degrees of ambient temperature change, a tire can lose roughly 1 PSI of pressure.

GMC vehicles made after 2007 have a built-in Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). This system uses battery-powered sensors to check your vehicle’s tire pressure. If your tire pressure ever falls more than 25 percent below the manufacturer’s recommendations, a light and a Driver Information Center (DIC) message in the instrument panel will remind you to take action.

If your vehicle was made before 2007, you can still take measures to help ensure your GMC’s tires are performing as they should be. This doesn’t mean checking your tires has to be a hard process. There are plenty of digital and mechanical tire pressure gauges that help make checking your tires a simple process.

SPOT AN ISSUE
Tire wear is common when driving long distances. However, tires may wear irregularly, which can decrease the life of the tire and may be related to poor wheel alignment.

One of the functions of tire treads is to push water away from the tire, improving control and traction on wet roads.

Worn tires may poorly tread water in wet conditions, causing concerns when traveling during the holidays.

Bald tires can pose more severe issues. A bald tire can cause lack of control, hydroplaning, blowouts, and understeering. Bald tires can also increase stopping distance.

If you suspect something is a problem, schedule an appointment with your Certified Service experts before you head out for the holidays.

HONEST ABE TEST
Although the professionals at your GMC dealer use advanced equipment to help make sure your GMC’s tires are in good condition, you can inspect your tires yourself using a low-tech method: the penny test.

Take a penny and with the portrait of Abraham Lincoln facing you, point it down, and put it in the center of the tread at the thickest part of the tire.

If you see the very top of Lincoln’s head or the copper above it, you should replace your tires immediately.

If Lincoln’s hair on the top of his head is partially visible, it is recommended that you purchase tires in the near future from the Certified Service experts at your GMC dealer.

Check the image above to see how the penny test can help give you an idea of when to get your tires checked out or replaced so you can stay in control when you head home for the holidays.

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